Allen Businesswoman Hopes Vacation Home Decorations Inspire Joy – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Thoreau Lane in Allen is lined with modest brick houses, but one stands out this season.

“Welcome to the life-size gingerbread house,” Katy Kaufmann said.

Kaufmann has a home bakery business called Oh Jupiters! She wanted to thank her customers for their loyalty during the pandemic by building a small holiday backdrop in her yard to take photos.

Kaufmann’s little idea grew to encompass the entire house and front yard, with lampshade-based cupcakes and pool noodle-based candy.

Friends, family and neighbors helped build the decorations and offered to contribute money for them. Kaufmann didn’t want the money for herself.

“Have you considered making it an advantage for someone,” Kaufmann was asked. “And I was like, ‘Oh yeah, and I’ve got someone we could do this for.'”

It’s Kaufmann’s neighbor and friend, Hannah Gullory, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer last year. There’s a QR code in Kaufmann’s front yard for anyone who can and wants to donate to help Gullory. Kaufmann asked people to tag their photos with #sweethopehouse.

“Last Christmas I didn’t know if I would be here at Christmas,” Gullory said, wiping away tears. “It really is a lesson in humility for us to be at the reception.”

Kaufmann said she was only paying up front.

“It’s easy to say ‘Oh wow they are so wonderful that they do that’, but maybe it is just an expression of the love we have received from God and our friends,” said Kaufmann. “I hope that brings him joy, and I hope it feels like a really big hug.”

“I love it,” Gullory said as he sat down on a barley-sugar bench.

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